Through exhibitions, programs and partnerships we strive to be an active community resource, connecting contemporary audiences to Esherick’s brilliant creations and the beauty of the everyday.

Current Exhibition

Imprint 2020

March 8, 2020 – May 24, 2020

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The Wharton Esherick Museum is pleased to announce Imprint 2020, our 12th annual high school print competition. Open to students from Chester, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties, this exhibition encourages new generations of young artists in the powerful medium of relief printmaking.

For Wharton Esherick, woodcut printmaking was a critical medium in his artistic development. Through printmaking, Esherick transitioned from a young painter to an internationally recognized artist and furniture designer. Recognizing the important role printmaking played in Esherick’s life, we are delighted to highlight these young artists exploring Esherick’s legacy and the rich artistic vision he expressed through woodblock prints.

Exhibitions in our Visitor Center are free to the public. This does not include admission to the Museum for which advance reservations are required.

Photo: “Prying Hands” by Samantha Beil, Abington Senior High School, Imprint 2020 First Place Award Winner.

Artist Opportunities

27th Annual Juried Woodworking Exhibition
27th Annual Juried Woodworking Exhibition
Deadline: January 4, 2021
The 13th Annual Imprint Competition & Exhibition
The 13th Annual Imprint Competition & Exhibition
Deadline: February 15, 2021

Everything Else

Center for Creative Works Residency

In April of 2018, the Wharton Esherick Museum launched a new partnership with the Center for Creative Works, an art studio focusing on developing creative workplace potential and cultural identity for people with intellectual disabilities. During the residency, a dedicated group of artists from CCW are on site weekly to draw inspiration from Esherick’s work through observation, sketching, model-making and discussion. With guidance from furniture makers and woodworking instructors the resident CCW artists refine their designs and techniques at the CCW woodshop and facilities in Wynnewood. Our resident artists in 2019 are focusing on green woodworking techniques, led by CCW’s woodworking instructor Sherina Poorman and guest instructor Nick Flaherty from the University of the Arts.

Philly Touch Tours

With support from the National Endowment for the Arts and other generous funders, the Wharton Esherick Museum has engaged Philly Touch Tours to design, develop and host accessible touch experiences for people with vision loss. Philly Touch Tours LLC, founded in 2015, provides accessibility consulting and touch tour program design for museums and cultural institutions and Disability Awareness and Sensitivity Training for museum and cultural institution staff. Philly Touch Tours will, in collaboration with the Museum, design and facilitate touch tours, provide training for Museum staff and volunteers on leading tours for individuals with vision loss and produce Braille and large print materials. The program aims to inspire curiosity and facilitate a meaningful experience for people with vision loss, while disseminating information about The Wharton Esherick Museum’s history, its collection and its active engagement with the public.

CraftNOW

Launched in 2014, CraftNOW Philadelphia unites the leading institutions and artists of Philadelphia’s craft community in a celebration of the city’s rich legacy of craft, its internationally-recognized contemporary craft scene, and its important role as an incubator for arts based in wood, clay, fiber, metal and glass. Through both creating and spotlighting events during the week of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, CraftNOW invites locals and visitors alike to explore Philadelphia’s innovations in the world of the handmade.

The Wharton Esherick Museum is a proud member of the consortium of individuals, galleries, museums, universities, retailers, and civic organizations who participate in CraftNOW each November. For details on CraftNOW events for 2019 visit our event calendar.